Whatever happened to the concept of showing up at G-Day for the simple pleasure of enjoying a nice spring day watching the team scrimmage? Now it’s turned into Kirby Smart Wants You! Day.
But compare the pregame buzz for G-Day 2017 to what we were hearing and feeling this time last year for “93K Day,” and it’s like night and day.
I asked coach Kirby Smart if he was concerned about that. He said he was not. But he did say he’s hoping for another big turnout, and preferably another capacity crowd for 92,746-seat Sanford Stadium.
“I mean, our fan base should feel challenged,” Smart said following the Bulldogs’ second scrimmage of the spring Saturday at Sanford Stadium. “They should want to go out and have more (attendance) than the other teams have because it does help in recruiting. It shows the passion and the energy that I know our fan base has, so that really is important.”
I suppose I should feel grateful that at least they’re not charging me for the privilege of attending. Plus, they’re supplying the motivation!
“We are marketing it internally,” he said. “We’re doing Red versus Black. It’s huge. You can’t imagine the effect that had on recruiting (last year). Talk to the kids we just signed and they all tell you that it had a great effect.”
Huge! And that’s even before we get into the QBR debate.